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About Steve Mermelstein

“In Vermont, beauty can be found in almost every direction. You only need to open your eyes. If you’re not seeing it, just turn your head. But, from the sky it’s even more apparent and beautiful. With use of a drone, you have a birds-eye-view and flying one in Vermont is like nothing else. It’s breathtaking and unequalled.” – Steve Mermelstein

Steve Mermelstein, is a photography workshop instructor, award-winning commercial, event, and aerial photographer, naturalist, birder and nature lover based in South Burlington, Vermont.

Steve has spent all of his free time shooting landscapes and wildlife across New England but mainly in Vermont. Steve has visited all of Vermont’s 251 towns and cities and explored nearly every road and back-road across the state. His photography and cinematography has been licensed to TV networks and stations, movie studios, news programs, newspapers, magazines, publishers, small businesses, large corporations, and nonprofits and have also been published in books, brochures, advertisements, web sites, corporate materials and corporate reports.

Samsung USA named Steve one of the Top 50 US Photographers in 2013, 2014, and 2015 and is contracted as a Samsung Imagelogger, a sponsored staff photographer.

As soon as technology allowed, Steve started experimenting with quadcopters and drones to further explore his love for photography in Vermont’s unique environment. Steve has been a responsible model aircraft pilot since 1989 and continues his perfect safety record as a drone operator. He see drones quickly becoming an indispensable photography tool that is as ubiquitous as tripods and monopods.

Steve is recognized for his expertise in small Unmanned Aerial Systems, aerial photography and cinematography drones, search and rescue, and innovative unmanned projects. He has received grants and distinguished industry awards. The media and press regularly rely on him for his insight and expertise on drones and unmanned aircraft.

All of Steve’s Images and Videos on this site are available for purchase or license. Steve also has an extensive Image and Video collection of iconic Vermont and New England landscapes, people, places, and wildlife, in every season. Please contact us for exclusive or nonexclusive licensing terms and/or purchase information. We also welcome inquiries for images or videos of specific places and wildlife in Vermont or New England.

Fun Facts

  • Steve’s Dream Photography Trip:

    A week capturing night scenes and doing street photography in Hong Kong and a couple weeks making landscapes in China.

  • Steve’s Favorite Photo Location:

    Vergennes, VermontIn Vergennes, Vermont there’s an amazing marsh that’s always moving with wildlife. There’s everything from herons, osprey, sparrows, and ducks to turtles, otters, beavers, and jumping bass, trout, and carp. It’s a [photography] shooting gallery, literally.

  • Steve’s Favorite Photography Gear:

    The Sony Alpha 7R II with the 70-200mm f2.8, the Samsung NX1 with the 16-50mm f/2.0-2.8 S Lens or the 50-150mm F2.8 S Lens, Nikon D500 with the Nikon 200-400mm f/4G AF-S SWM SIC ED IF VR II or a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S lenses, and the Nikon D800 with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S or a 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S lenses.

  • Steve’s Favorite Gadgets:

    DJI Inspire 2 Pro, iPad Pro, Sony RX100V, and iPhone 7 Plus.